House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference CSPAN February 14, 2019 9:21pm-9:52pm EST
there further one-minute requests? the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. quigley of illinois for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. acordingly the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.
the life of representative john dingell in georgetown. many of our colleagues are there in north carolina to celebrate the life of our colleague from north carolina. a beautiful lovely man. i served with him and with his father. different parties. his father a democrat, one a republican. both southern gentlemen, patriotic americans. certainly walter jones and john dingell. today is a day of sadness, because it marks one year anniversary of the parkland tragedy of gun violence. one year ago, america's heart was broken by the horrific act of violence in parkland, florida. today, we remember the 17 lives that were stolen. i am pleased that last night, house judiciary committee with
the full participation of our members took a strong step to condemn the academic of gun violence and advanced a bipartisan common sense background check legislation. our committees are hard at work. i am proud of our freshman. i have said to you that in our first christian class, we had 18 chairs of subcommittees. with another historic freshman class, when they came in with all of the enthusiasm that they did, they did not have one subcommittee .hair we are very glad that 18 of them had dribbles and become enthusiastic and well prepared. all of the members, but especially, of course, our subcommittee chairs. so we're very hard at work on our for the people agenda. while we're waiting for the senate to pass the conference
report, the bipartisan, bicameral conference report, which i understand is imminent in the senate and then we'll vote on it later today. that is real progress. for us to have left it to appropriators to make the decisions, come up with a bicameral, bipartisan bill that we can overwhelmingly support. at the same time we are working on our for-the-people agenda, our for-the-people agenda said it was going to lower health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs. we have already had the ways and means committee and the oversight committee, government reform and oversight committee have already had hearings on the price of prescription drugs. our second point in the for-the-people agenda was to lower health care costs, build paychecks by building the infrastructure of america, and again, last week the
transportation and infrastructure committee held a hearing with representatives of private and public sectors. the mayor of los angeles representing our nation's mayors, governor walz representing our governors and others participating there. third point, our for-the-people agenda is h.r. 1, to reduce the role of big, dark, special interest money in politics. lower voter suppression and increase the voice of everyday americans in our political system. to restore confidence in our political system. and we've already had an outside of washington hearing under the leadership of marcia fudge in brownsville, texas. great participation from our members, including our distinguished whip, mr. clyburn, participating. and here this week we've had homeland security committee having a hearing on h.r. 1, and as it relates to the integrity
of our elections, and we have the house administration committee having a hearing on that as well. again, part of our h.r. 1, 2, 3, the first 10 resolutions of the house, the first 10 bills, we're very pleased that we're advancing the for-the-people agenda but also h.r. 8, the gun violence prevention bill. probably, we may have pointed out -- scheduled to report out two, and then mr. clyburn's initiative on the fix for south carolina, which has bipartisan, bicameral support. just a word further on the agreement that we will be voting on later today. in addition to the pieces on homeland security, which are very important, by the way, the homeland security budget is a big budget. it's not just about the mexico
border. it's about ice cutters off of alaska and other parts of our border that are not necessarily just the southern part. i'm very pleased that some long advocated for pieces are now in that budget as well. so when you talk about the size of the budget, it's broader than the u.s.-mexico border. but the bill that we will be passing is a long overdue pay raise for federal employees to make them on par with military employees as they have always been. an additional $1 billion for the census, to combat the administration's assault and to ensure a fair, accurate account. $3 billion to keep communities safe by combating the opioid epidemic and hiring more police officers.
$17 billion to rebuild america's infrastructure, billions of dollars in support of small businesses, more than $9 billion to protect clean air, clean water and public lands. $9.1 billion in security assistance for our allies and $7.4 billion for global health and nutrition assistance. so this is a very important legislation. six appropriations bills that were agreed to and not as controversial, and then the homeland security bill, which produced the result that today we will keep government open and that's very important for the american people. but we will also, as we do so, protect our borders and protect our values. reporter: madam speaker. the president just said that he will declare a national emergency when he signs this bill. do you still plan to file a legal challenge if and when he does that?
rep. pelosi: did i say i was filing a legal challenge? i may. but it is important to note that when the president declares an emergency, first of all it is not an emergency. humanitarian challenge. the president has tried to sell a bill of goods. putting that aside, the president making an and one , he said whats the committee would do and then walked away from it. congress, the power of the purse, you've heard me say over and over again, article one, the legislative branch, the power of the purse, the power to declare war, many other powers are listed in the constitution, and the responsibility to have oversight. the president is doing a run around that.
we will review our options. we are prepared to respond appropriately to it. i know republicans have some unease about it whatever they say. if the president can declare an emergency on something he has created, an allusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the american people. want to talk about a national emergency? let's talk about today, the one year anniversary of another manifestation, of the epidemic of gun violence in america. why don't you declare that emergency? i wish you would. but a democratic president can do that. the precedent that the president is setting is something that should be met with great unease by the republicans. and of course we will respond accordingly when we review our options.
first we have to see what the president actually says. >> there's been some discussion of a resolution in the house that might force republicans to go on the record. rep. pelosi: i'm saying that we are reviewing our options. we have to see what the president will say. i don't believe there's any good faith negotiations to have with republicans in congress if they are going to support the president doing a runabout. we will review our options. i'm not prepared to give any preference right now. news, the president told the senate majority leader he will sign the bill. you must be pleased with that. but the national emergency, does that change the vote calculus at all? people say, i would vote for that, but also the caveat, does
that have any impact? rep. pelosi: let's just have the vote. that is really interesting, but let's just have the vote. >> does that change one way or the other? rep. pelosi: we have the votes in the house. but it is interesting to see how , how the president has said to the republican leadership in the senate, senator shelby, the chairman of the appropriations committee, respected leader in the united states senate -- i don't have confidence in what you did, even though the president failed to convince the american people and their representatives in congress of his position. let's just see what the votes are. who knows what the calculus is on their side? madam speaker, as far as the
you set a check bill, national emergency should be declared -- rep. pelosi: could be declared. if you want to declare a national emergency, that is a national emergency. i'm just saying a president could do that. let's look at what really is a national emergency. advocating for any run around congress. i'm just saying the republicans should have some dismay about the door they are opening. comments, youning spoke about the freshman class. there have been a number of viral moments with these new democratic members. rep. pelosi: that is the word, viral. i want to know what you thought of their influence. do they have an outside influence you've never seen before? rep. pelosi: welcome to the democratic party.
we are not a rubberstamp for anybody. we are not a monolith. we never have been. who would want to lead a party that would be described that way? the members bring their enthusiasm, their priorities. we welcome that. they are not programmed. they are spontaneous and i'm proud of them. >> you mentioned the anniversary of parkland and the legislation enjoying broad support. , not quite asion popular around the country, although it is more popular among the democratic caucus. are you committed to bringing to the floor some further legislation? rep. pelosi: the judiciary committee and committees of jurisdiction will review any proposals that we have on any
subject, and what they have prioritized, in addition to the committee, we have a task force headed up by congressman mike thompson of california, who has .orked in a bipartisan way what are the measures that save the most lives and how do we get ?hem into law a proposal that turns into legislation that passes as law that makes a difference in the lives of the american people. it is up to the committee and the task force. by keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, probably saves the most lives. thank you all very much. and happy valentine's day. love that chocolate, right? [laughter] >> valentine's day dinner.
rep. pelosi: depends on how soon the senate takes up the bill. we said that we wouldn't vote before 6:30 because that is when our members come back from north carolina, but we hope to not have it one minute after that. you will have time for dinner. thank you very much. [laughter] >> house speaker nancy pelosi now live where she's hosting a signing for the legislation passed in the house on government funding and border security. rep. pelosi: now it will go over the senate to be signed by the vice president of the united states or his designee. inis my honor to sign it honor of our conferees. they did a spectacular job. [applause]
the chair of the appropriations committee, the chair of the homeland security , henry from texas, maria, pete from california, all members of the committee, barbara lee, leadership member -- davidnferees, david had quite a day. he had to go to north carolina earlier today, but he was a former top democrat on homeland security committee and was a very strong force for doing the right thing. confidence in the appropriators, as i've said over and over, left to their own
devices, working in a bipartisan and bicameral way. they can come up with a compromise that is acceptable and that is bipartisan, as i said, that we can all support. it was quite a remarkable show. thank want to say that i our conferees for having us honor oath of office to protect our country by securing our border and protecting our values. where we go from here will be for us all to honor the constitution, especially article one, especially the system of checks and balances. delighted toam sign this important legislation.
ok. [inaudible] rep. pelosi: leadership, member of the committee -- did you want to say something? >> well, i'm very pleased at this point. this is last year's work. it didn't get done. but i want to congratulate the chair of the committee and the chair of the subcommittee and the conferees for getting this work done. talked tove, and i've the chairwoman about this, my objective would be to make every effort to get the appropriations sol done in a timely fashion
that we do not confront again the threat of or the actual shutdown of the government of the united states. that is not a policy that ought to be repeated. we will certainly try not to do that. congratulations to the committee thethe conferees and republican and democratic conferees who stood on the floor in support of this, knowing we need to get our work done. i certainly associate myself with the comments from our leader. congratulations and thank you so much for this. proud of her on the floor tonight. i just want to say how much i
appreciate the work we did on this. i've spent a lot of time on the phone with a lot of people. had telephone conversations with the minority whip, steve scalise, and we were bargaining for 70 votes. we came up with 85, 87, so we thank him as well for making this a genuine bipartisan effort. together and i want to thank these conferees for what they did, creating an atmosphere where we can get the people's work done. rep. pelosi: thank you. the effort of our conferees, the guidance of our speaker, and , as mr. that was needed
clyburn and mr. hoyer laid out, the importance of the bipartisan work to get everything done for the good of the country, also looking at important investments when it comes to border security , but the work of the conferees also built on the humanitarian responsibilities we have across the country. chairs and the work of pete and henry and barbara and david. rep. pelosi: thank you. madam chair? >> i just want to add to what my colleagues said. at a time like this, where public political discourse has been so crude, i was so proud as the chair of this committee, working with outstanding conferees, to work in a bipartisan way and really accomplish our goals, serve the
people of the united states. hope that we can continue this trend, because we have a lot of work to do. as we complete this bill, we have to begin on 2020, where we have 12 new bills that we have to work on. i really hope that we can work together in a civil way to accomplish our goals and serve the people of the united states of america. that is the way this project should work. rep. pelosi: thank you, madam , for chairing the conference in such a distinguished and effective way. [applause] >> this is an example of how we can all come together and work as a team. i was very fortunate to have
conferees that were committed to making sure that this whole process was one in which we could be proud of. we were totally committed. we worked together. we made sure that the security ,f our nation was a priority coupled with the fact that we had to make sure that it also represented our american values. we were able to do that in a , with differences of opinion not only within our own caucus, but also our republican counterparts, and because we worked in this bipartisan way, respecting each other with the focus on getting something done to make sure the government was not shut down, but our product was one we could all feel good about, this is the result. i can't say enough about the
conferees. they were incredible. when we reached about as far as we could go, we hit that home run. thank you very much. our distinguished member of the lee, --ip, barbara thank you for helping us in our efforts. congresswoman barbara lee, thank you for your leadership. >> thank you -- rep. pelosi: i did. [laughter] for yourtulations tremendous leadership and your attention to all of the members of the democratic caucus, and working in a bipartisan way. these leaders championed the views and the ideas of our
entire caucus. that is quite a testament to their leadership, but also to the diversity of our caucus and to the willingness to make sure that all of our voices were heard. i just have to thank you once again. we have a lot more to do, but we came a long way. we did that because of how you worked collaboratively in a bipartisan way to make sure that all of the views were championed. thank you very much. >> thank you again for your leadership, for putting this very united conferees committee together. we got over 300 votes today. bipartisan votes.
what we did in this committee was very simple. there are some people that see the border as a crisis, as a place that is out of control. for us that live on the border, that spend time at the border, we see the border as opportunity and community, a place where we see trade, where we see tourism, where we want to raise our families and send our kids to school and start our businesses. from there, we were able to put those visions together and find a balance. we don't believe in open borders. we want to see smart border security, not a 14th century wall that the president believes in, but we want to find the .alance between security
this is what the committee was able to do. we were able to find that balance. people have asked me, who won? the american public won in this one. rep. pelosi: thank you. >> i just wanted to -- rep. pelosi: excuse me. [laughter] >> i can yield back. give henry more time. [inaudible] >> thank you so much, speaker. such aou, speaker, for distinguished group. throughout this process. this was a collaborative process. we worked well together. we had each other's backs. we knew we were fighting for the values of our caucus and the values of the american people, securing our borders, honoring
our values, and avoiding another senseless shutdown. that was our northstar moving through this caucus and i was honored to be on the team. rep. pelosi: thank you so much. we also had six other bills and we are proud of the work our chairs of subcommittees did. these bills dealt with other departments of government and homeland security. forhank all of you protecting our borders, honoring our values, keeping our .overnment open thank all of you. happy valentine's day. we salute a victory for the american people with chocolate from california.